18 FEBRUARY - 3 MARCH 2018
$2,500 discount per person for booking made before 22 September 2017
If you have already seen the regular highlights of South America join us on this tour of some more off-the-beaten-track attractions and chose your own adventure.
Patagonia evokes the image of the last frontier. A fabled landscape of rugged peaks veiled in clouds, lush forests, glaciers that extend to the horizon tumbling into electric-blue lakes, endless steppes unpopulated for hundreds of miles; a herd of guanaco grazing nonchalantly. Join us and discover the breathtaking beauty of Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. You pick the excursions and the pace to suit your interest, fitness and mood on the day.
Then cross to the Argentine side to be awed by dazzling glaciers calving into an emerald-green lake in Los Glaciares National Park.
Nature lovers – don’t miss out.
Sunday 18 February 2018 - Australia to Santiago de Chile
Depart Australia and arrive in Santiago de Chile and stay overnight.
OR JOIN FROM OPTIONAL PRE TOUR IN ATACAMA DESERT
Monday 19 February 2018 - Santiago de Chile - Punta Arenas
This morning enjoy a tour of Santiago before your afternoon flight to Punta Arenas, the frontier town on the edge of the Straits of Magellan. Meet fellow delegates for welcome cocktail drinks this evening.
Tuesday 20 February 2018 - Punta Arenas
Full day conference.
This evening is free for you to try some of the fantastic seafood at a local restaurant.
Wednesday 21 February 2018 - Punta Arenas
Full day conference and free evening.
Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th February 2018 - Torres del Paine, Chile
Travel to the Fjord of Last Hope to your hotel on the outskirts of Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This will be your base for the next 3 nights.
Each day we will hold a conference session in the late afternoon after your adventures.
The remainder of the time you are free to choose your own adventure depending on your interest, fitness and mood on the day. You can hike, horse-ride, cycle or travel by van to explore lush forests, rugged mountains, glistening glaciers and sparkling lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Examine bizarre geological Jurassic era formations; marvel at cave paintings from the Aonikenk, hunter-gatherer native Indian inhabitants of 6,000 years ago. Admire the hardy local flora and be on the look out for the Patagonian BIG FIVE – the Guanaco (a bit like a llama), the elusive Puma, the South Andean deer or huemel, the majestic Andean condor and the Nandu (like an ostrich). This is paradise for bird watchers as there are 118 species in the park – happy twitching. If it is all too much, you can just spoil yourself at the spa.
In the evenings, share tales of adventures with your fellow delegates at the bar as daylight fades. Then enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by the best Chilean wines.
Sunday 25 February 2018 Torres del Paine - El Calafate, Argentina
Travel to el Calafate, the capital of Argentina’s glaciers.
Afternoon conference session.
This evening you are free to stroll the Av del Libertador General San Martin, the main street of the charming town. Poke around small boutiques boasting fine leather goods and local handicrafts. You will definitely need to taste some delicious caramel cookies (alfajores) and perhaps snuggle up in a furry cape to enjoy a vodka served in the ice bar at Glaciarium.
Monday 26 February 2018 El Calafate, Argentina
Today enjoy a wonderful cruise on Lake Argentino, a deep emerald green, punctuated by icebergs of bizarre shapes and sizes. Stare in awe at the face of Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers – jagged and fissured in some places, pockmarked in others; at times dazzling white, at times a surreal blue where the ice is the oldest. Here and there are streaks of brown and black where the glacier has devoured rocks and boulders in its long slow journey from the Andes ice cap.
Enjoy lunch with this marvellous landscape as a backdrop and in the afternoon stretch your legs on an easy walk to capture a different perspective of the remarkable glacier. As the sun descends on your return journey and the golden rosy hues reflect off the ice, and the snow capped mountains are silhouetted against the deepening blue sky, you cannot but be amazed by the vast beauty ofPatagonia.
Tuesday 27 February 2018 - El Calafate, Argentina
This morning visit the remarkable Perito Moreno glacier. Walkways and platforms provide vantage points for you to gaze at the 65 metre face – it feels close enough to touch. Suddenly you hear a crack like a gunshot or a deep thunderous rumble and fearsome roar as a piece of ice the size of a skyscraper calves form the glacial face and crashes into the lake. Awesome!
This evening enjoy our Farewell Dinner.
Wednesday 28 February 2018 - El Calafate - Santiago
Depart early afternoon to fly via Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile and stay the night.
Thursday 1 March 2018 - Santiago
Enjoy a full day tour of the coast to the north visiting Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar. Midnight departure to Australia, arriving on Saturday 3 March in the morning.
OR JOIN OPTIONAL POST CONFERENCE TOUR TO AREQUIPA AND LAKE TITICACA
OR ANTARCTICA CRUISE
End of arrangements
Please note that this itinerary and costs may be subject to change.